November 27, 1973

On November 27, 1973, the US Senate voted to confirm Gerald R. Ford as the Vice President after the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew. This was the first time that a Vice President was not elected. In the past, if a Vice President had to assume the duties of President or they resigned or died in office, the position would be left vacant until the next election. This has happened more often than the average person would think it would. The Vice President has had to assume the duties of President nine times because of death or resignation. In addition, the person serving as Vice President has also died seven times while in office and has resigned twice. In all but the last two of those instances, the position of Vice President was left vacant until the next election.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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